Will Hazzard is 16 years old and autistic. He had a love of art from a young age but art became a form of therapy with his autism diagnosis at age 10. Influenced by Buddhist philosophies, his work aims for a connection with animals and the environment.

His work is often inspired by personal encounters with nature and his paintings represent life cycles and a spiritual connection with the earth.

His recent paintings feature built up layers of paint to simulate his need for things to be tactile.

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Group Exhibitions

Operation Art (Touring 50)

Wollongong Art Gallery (5 December 2017 – 2 January 2018)

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (16 September – 19 November 2017)

The Glasshouse Regional Gallery (30 June – 28 August 2017)

Cowra Regional Art Gallery (15 May – 10 June 2017)

Art Gallery of NSW (13 April – 23 April 2017)

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (4 February – 19 March 2017)

Invincible

Tremain’s Mill, Bathurst (30 June – 16 July 2017)

IronfestLithgow

“Lost World” Exhibition 20th April – 7th May.

BVRG Young Archies 2017

Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery (24 March – 13 May 2017)

Natural Spaces and Faces

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (2 December – 16 December 2016)

Artshed exhibition DL invite FINAL

200 Plants and Animals Exhibition
Bathurst Community Climate Action Network

Bathurst Chase (16 October – 25 October 2015)

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2017

Operation Art
Selected for ‘Touring 50’

Evans Arts Council exhibition
‘People’s Choice Award’ winner

Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery: BVRG Young Archies 2017 competition
Highly commended

139th Annual Royal Blayney Show
1st Junior Art – Painting, ages 13-18 years
Champion Junior Entry
Supreme Champion exhibit of all show entries, adult or junior.

4th Annual Textures of One Art Festival, Blayney
‘People’s Choice Award’ winner

IronfestLithgow
One of 10 finalists in “Lost World” Art competition.

Royal Bathurst Show Champion Senior Secondary art

Sofala Show
1st Art – Children’s Section
1st Art – Open Novice section

Save The Frogs
Highly Commended. Winning artist for Australia.

2016

Operation Art
ANSTO Senior Award
selected for ‘Touring 50’

Welcome Rhino Sculpture Design Competition, Dubbo
Winner

Royal Bathurst Show Champion Junior Secondary art

Orange Show 4 1st prizes

JTAN Nengajo competition: “Year of The Monkey”, winner

 

2015

Neighbour Day National Photographic Competition, Winner “My Neighbourhood” section

Royal Bathurst Show Champion Junior Secondary art

#Bathsy200 (part of Bathurst 200th anniversary) stencil art competition. Winner ‘Cox’s Road” section

The Oberon Village Art Competition art acquired

art + disability expo 2015 Accessible Arts: Photographic Competition winner, Carriageworks, Sydney

Bathurst Art Fair